'The Pearl of the Black Sea', Batumi is Georgia's genteel summer capital – one popular with visitors from as far as Poland, Russia and the Baltic nations. As Georgia's biggest seaport, Batumi is connected by the Black Sea to Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey and Ukraine. Business travellers will love hotels in Batumi for their Belle Époque elegance, and a profusion of business hotels which offer travellers everything from conference rooms to comfort.
Why should I visit Batumi on my business trip?
The Batumi International Airport offers flights to Russia, Turkey and Israel among other countries. While capital Tbilisi is a pleasant six-hour bus ride away, Batumi is also connected by road to Armenia, Turkey and Azerbaijan. Laid out in 1884 along the Baltic coast, Batumi Boulevard (Batumis bulvari) is the soul of the city with its café-lounges, benches and sculptures. Hard to miss are Georgia's tallest buildings, the 200m-high Batumi Tower, and the stately sea-facing Colonnades.
Where can I find the business events?
A strategic location, pro-business legislation and strong legal framework has investors looking towards Batumi. The Batumi Expo Centre is the city's biggest venue for trade fairs, meetings and conventions. Expo Batumi is a major annual event that features domestic and foreign stakeholders in hospitality, travel and tourism. The Batumi International Financial District will be another draw to the city, and is currently being built opposite the international airport. It will feature a convention centre, retail, hospitality, cultural and residential zones.
What can I do in my downtime with a hotel in Batumi?
Batumi's red-painted bike paths are an invitation to explore the city by bicycle - recommended is the 8 km path that runs along the coast. After a day of meetings, stroll along the New Boulevard for an evening of dancing fountains, and a laser water show. The beautifully-lit Piazza Batumi has hosted concerts by Placido Domingo, Sting and other international acts. Don't leave without sampling borano cheese melted in butter and ajarian khachapuri, a boat-shaped delicacy laced with egg yolk. On an off-day, explore architectural gems such as the ancient Gonio-Apsaros Fortress where Christ's disciple Mathias is believed to be buried. Skhalta Monastery and the Makhuntseti Waterfall are interesting too. Just 10 km from Batumi is the clean and uncrowned Kvariatu beach, the perfect place to unwind when you're not at your Batumi hotel.